Campus Notebook

March 11, 2013

University Notes

The 23rd Annual Health Professions Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 on the first floor of the Birck Hall of Science. The primary goal of this fair is to allow students to meet admissions representatives and counselors from professional schools and military services. The fair is appropriate for students who are interested in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary science and allied health.

The Women’s Institute for Global Leadership presents the “2013 Women’s History Month Personal Enrichment Series.” The series features workshops on leadership, career advancement, health and financial stability. Mark Gomez, M.D., Chad Earl and Larry Love will provide a session on health, nutrition and fitness with “How to Make Health Work for the Busy Professional” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Mickeisha Armstrong will discuss “Career Advancement: Retool and Re-invent” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Janice Faris will discuss financial decision making with “‘My Worth’ ... Planning for a Life You Can Depend On” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Each session is free, and will be held at the Moser Center, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Room 106. Reservations are required. RSVP at

To better prepare the public in the event of a terrorist attack, Benedictine University has partnered with the DuPage County Health Department's Office of Risk and Emergency Management to hold a free public health emergency preparedness training session from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The focus of the session is to provide volunteers from the community with an overview of public health procedures and training exercises for dispensing vaccinations and performing other medical countermeasures in the aftermath of a bioterrorism attack. The emergency exercise is a great opportunity to network with stakeholders and other leaders responsible for protecting the local community against a bioterrorism disaster. No special expertise is required, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old. To register, visit

“Lunch With Landscapers will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Learn to save money by growing your own vegetables and plants from seeds. Join special guest Andrew Nordstrom, an account executive with Shemin Nurseries and former owner of South View Horticulture. Space is limited and you must RSVP by Wednesday, March 13 to Kathy Rutkowski at or (630) 829-6420. You will receive a ticket at check-in for entrance into the event.

The Scholars Program will host two sessions for senior presentations. The day session will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Krasa Center Presentation Room; the night sessions will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4. Topics vary widely and include - but are not limited to - germs, music, the media, genomics, medicine, literature and the concept of happiness. No matter where your interests lie, you won’t want to miss it!

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) at Benedictine Universitywill hold its Eighth Annual Youth Government Day from 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Approximately 400 area high school students are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will focus on political corruption and fiscal mismanagement in Illinois, and feature presentations from a variety of academics, citizen advocates and investigative journalists.

Open Mic and Poetry Slam Spring 2013 will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Coal Ben. The poetry slam will have two rounds, so bring at least two original poems if you want to participate in the contest. There will be music and refreshments. Winners will receive prizes. The event is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Student Activities. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at (630) 829-6288 or

Put on your running shoes and join us for the American Medical Student Association 5K Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. The proceeds from this race benefit HomeCare Physicians (HCP), a nationally recognized, award-winning medical house call program for homebound patients. If you visit to register by March 31, the registration fee is $20. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the race and costs $25. For more information, contact Rabia Choudhry at (773) 416-0342 or; or Marihan Hegazy at (708) 416-0342 or For more information on HCP, visit

BenU UNICEF invites the public to attend a hunger banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in Krasa Center, Rooms A, B and C. Proceeds from the event will go to UNICEF to aid the Sahel region of northern Africa. Early bird registration ends on March 15 and is $25 per person and $20 per child aged 12 and under. Regular registration is $30 for adultsand $20 for children. Couples are $50 and a table of eight is $180. Visit to RSVP or email for more information.

Money Smart Week (MSW) is a public awareness campaign aimed at helping individuals better manage their finances. Student Activities, the College of Business and the Undergraduate Business Programs will sponsor two events to help you get in the MSW spirit. “Navigating Personal Finances in Today’s Environment” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A and B, and will feature five speakers with expertise in the area of personal finance. The “Big Money” presentation - featuring T-shirts, cash prizes and the money machine - will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this event is to promote wise money management for students.

The sixth annual Faith and Reason Symposium, “...To the Least of These My Brethren: How Faith and Science can Fight Hunger, from the Local to the Global,” will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership’s Hunger Team, the Abby Endowment, the Center for Mission and Identity and the Global Studies Forum. Guest speakers and panelists include Diane Nilan, founder and executive director of HEAR US, an organization dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, and Kim Perez, executive director of People’s Resource Center of DuPage County.

Huili Wang, Ph.D., professor and director of the Institute for Language and Cognition at the Dalian University of Technology, will present “English Learning from Multifaceted Perspectives” from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in Kindlon Hall, Room 162. The event is sponsored by the assistants to the Provost for International Affairs and Intercultural Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of International Programs and Services. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Megan Benham at or Wilson Chen at

Phillip Phillips is going to make Benedictine University his “home” on April 13! Get your tickets now - only $30 for general admission seats - by going to or visiting the Office of University Events in the Krasa Center, Room 055. Only Benedictine University students can purchase a $15 student ticket. All graduating seniors will receive one free ticket. The Benedictine University Alumni Association would like to welcome all graduating seniors into the Alumni Association. Volunteers are needed to help the Office of University Events during the concert. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Brett Harrington, University Events coordinator, at (630) 829-1814 or Volunteers receive free admission to the concert. Either way, don’t miss this opportunity to see Phillip Phillips!

Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via The Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University’s policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.

Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at or (630) 829-1127.

Giving back is always truly appreciated. Consider donating $50 or more by cash or check to the University as a new, one-time donation. Donors giving $50 or more will receive a leather coaster set commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary. Please return your completed form with cash or check to Jill Poskin at Lownik Hall, Room 019. For more information, or to give via credit card, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or To those of you who already generously give, “Thank you.” For others who are thinking about giving for the first time, please do so. Any amount helps and you can choose where your donation will be designated.

When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine “” Every time you use, the proposed church and ministry center receive $.01. In the box “I am supporting,” type “Benedictine,” in the drop down menu click on “Benedictine University, Lisle, IL;” then type in your search data. There is now an additional way you can use “,” by downloading the “Goodsearch” toolbar at If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or

A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Mass in St. Benedict Chapel is at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. Daily Mass is at noon.

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you are not going to use? Donate it! Donated time will be available for Benedictine community members who may require additional time off for medical reasons, to care for a loved one, to cope with the passing of a family member or to handle personal emergencies. By donating your time, you are truly exemplifying the Benedictine spirit of caring for others and giving back. You can make a difference by donating your unused time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others! Contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Time off is available for staff to use through the Vacation Donation Program if they are facing a personal emergency and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. All donated time expires at the end of May. To apply for additional time, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Joan Libner and Alison Ridge (Nursing) gave a peer-reviewed podium presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2013 Master's Education Conference in Orlando, Fla. on February 22. Their presentation, “Constructing a Bridge from the Community to Graduate Nursing Education,” focused on a new initiative in the Department of Nursing and Health, the RN-to-B.S.N to M.S.N. Academic Bridge Option. The option offers a diverse population of community college associate degree nursing graduates the opportunity to seamlessly transition from the on-ground Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) completion program into online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) education, thereby addressing the overwhelming need for future nurse executives and nurse educators.

Jan Writer (Education) has been selected to give a peer-reviewed presentation and paper at the 2013 Arc of Illinois State Convention in April. Her interactive workshop, “Believe in Me! Overcoming Barriers to Inclusion for Students with Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities,” is featured in the Education strand of the convention. The workshop will provide parents and educators with information and skills pertinent to diverse strategies and tactics for promoting the successful integration and inclusion of children and youth with autism and other low incidence disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments, and multiple disabilities) within public school settings. The Arc of Illinois is a branch of The Arc, a national organization that advocates for and supports persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Healthy Table

Registered Dietitian Day is Wednesday, March 13. As food and nutrition experts, registered dietitians are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. Registered Dietitian Day commemorates the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world. Healthy Table at Benedictine offers nutrition counseling by our very own dietetic interns who are working to be registered dietitians. Make an appointment today by calling (630) 829-6518 or “Like” us on Facebook at “Healthy Table and Benedictine University.”

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The men’s lacrosse team played its first Midwest Lacrosse Conference contest on Saturday.

After coming close the past two seasons, the baseball team will look to take the next step in the Northern Athletics Conference standings and compete for a title in 2013.

Benedictine Athletics will be in Florida along with the baseball and softball teams and you can follow along with all of the action on spring break.

The baseball team will have to wait until spring break to open the season after being rained out of three contests in St. Louis this weekend.

Don’t miss this week’s student-athlete spotlight with softball player Kelly Mieszala.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Men’s Lacrosse
Wednesday, March 13
BenU vs. Beloit
7:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Women’s Lacrosse
Tuesday, March 12
BenU vs. Dubuque
7:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Friday, March 15
BenU vs. Central - Spring Break Trip
9:00 a.m.
Auburndale, Fla.

Saturday, March 16
BenU vs. Anderson (DH) - Spring Break Trip
3:00 p.m.
Auburndale, Fla.

Sunday, March 17
BenU vs. Grinnell - Spring Break Trip
3:30 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Saturday, March 16
BenU vs. Lawrence - Spring Break Trip
12:00 p.m.
Kissimmee, Fla.

Saturday, March 16
BenU vs. Western New England - Spring Break Trip
2:00 p.m.
Kissimmee, Fla.

Sunday, March 17
BenU vs. Washington & Jefferson - Spring Break Trip
2:00 p.m.
Kissimmee, Fla.

Sunday, March 17
BenU vs. UW-Stout - Spring Break Trip
4:00 p.m.
Kissimmee, Fla.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 11-31:

Keith Bunkenburg -March 11, Athletics
Gary Remson -March 12, Information Technology
Christopher DeVuono -March 12, Adult Accelerated Learning
Jennifer Stuchell -March 12, Registrar
Ryann Lomas -March 14, Business and Financial Services
Regina Remson -March 15, Benedictine Library
Denise West -March 16, Community Development
Michael Smith -March 16, Clinical Psychology
Frank Janczak -March 16, Athletics
Jason Farrell -March 17, Athletics
Annette Loritz -March 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Heidi Robbe -March 18, Marketing and Communications
Sharon Collins -March 18, Financial Aid
Barbara Shore -March 19, Liberal Arts
Preston Aldrich -March 19, Biological Sciences
Edward Zeifert -March 21, Athletics
Jeffery Madura -March 21, Undergraduate Business
Anthony Simmons -March 21, Information Technology
Chandra Palmer -March 23, Scholars Program, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Mary Powers -March 24, New Student Advising Center
Maria Lee -March 25, Financial Aid
Brandon Amos -March 25, Nursing and Health
Eileen Kivlin -March 30, Science
Kevin Albert -March 30, Information Technology
Jessica Gissal -March 30, Stewardship Development
Tonia Rucker -March 31, Science

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at extension 6090.

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